12/20/2012 9:34:00 AM Up and down season continues for Chisago
By CHUCK FITZER.
St. Francis 5, Chisago Lakes 1 The St. Francis Fighting Saints broke open a close game with a four goal outburst in the third period, beating the Wildcats 5-1 Tuesday, December 13 at East Bethel Ice Arena. Brandon Gillespie scored a power play goal in the first period, assisted by Zach Lambrecht, to tie the game at 1-1. But the Fighting Saints shut down the Wildcats the rest of the way and walked away with the win. Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson said “Despite not having two senior starting forwards in the lineup for disciplinary reasons, we battled the entire game.
St. Francis has speed and likes to stretch the ice, and they do that very well. Again, I'm proud of the way the men conducted themselves. We played a disciplined game, only taking a few penalties in a highly entertaining contest. And we competed right to the end. Once again, the team that capitalized on their opportunities prevailed. We gave up back to back two on one breaks and St. Francis took full advantage of those chances, scoring on both of them. I'm not at all discouraged with giving up odd man rushed at this point of a game. We were down by 2 and we needed to press offensively. When you do that, it’s hard to get guys back defensively.” St. Paul Academy (SPA) 3, Chisago Lakes 2 Bradee Thompson scored with one second left in the game to tie St. Paul Academy 2-2 and send the game into overtime. But the Spartans ended things quickly, scoring just 19 seconds into overtime to beat the Wildcats 3-2 last Friday, December 14 at Chisago Lakes Ice Arena. The Wildcats started slowly and gave up the first goal just 12 seconds into the game. The Spartans scored once in the second period to take a 2-0 lead after two. Jacob Speight scored three minutes into the third period, assisted by Blake Lizotte, to cut the SPA lead to 2-1. Lizotte and Justin Bye assisted on Thompson’s game-tying goal. Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson said “After the game, we talked about our slow starts. We talked about pregame preparations and our warm up. We talked about being ready to play at the first drop of the puck.
We clearly responded in the second and third periods, out shooting SPA 28-14 in those periods. I thought in particular, Jacob Speight had a nice performance, despite taking a questionable five minute boarding penalty which appeared on film to be a clean hip-check. Most of the night, Speighter was the first man back on the back check. We know he's on his game when we see this effort. Blake Lizotte also had a nice game being the set up man on both goals. Scoring with just one second on the clock again shows our teams drive and determination right to the end. What an emotional rollercoaster, tying the game and then losing it on the first minute of overtime.”
Chisago Lakes 8, Cambridge-Isanti 2 Seven different Wildcats scored goals as they rolled over the Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets 8-2 last Saturday afternoon, December 15, at Chisago Lakes Arena. The Wildcats took a 4-1 lead after one period and added four more in the third. Jacob Breyfogle scored twice. Players with single goals were Louis Kastenbauer, Colton Reynolds, Jacob Speight, Brandon Gillespie, Bradee Thompson and Dan Sargeant. Blake Lizotte had two assists for the second game in a row, and Trevor Lushanko also picked up two assists. Zach Lambrecht and Brandon Gillespie had one assist apiece. “I think the men felt like they had something to prove,” said Wildcat head coach Paul Gibson. “It was the sharpest warm up I had seen all year. Passes were connecting and feet were moving. There was a different feeling in the locker room, a businesslike feeling. And we clearly took care of business. I think the men are starting to understand that we need to find a way to play with the same urgency we play with when we are down and start our comeback.” The Wildcats host conference foe St. Louis Park this Saturday, December 22 at 12:30 p.m. at Chisago Lakes Arena.